Quotations of Wisdom

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Blaise Pascal

If man made himself the first object of study, he would see how incapable he is of going further. How can a part know the whole? [Q589]

Kenneth Anger

I have a problem with censorship by the lawyer - by legal people by the publishing firm, and I may be changing publishers. They don't seem to want to take too many risks with living people. [Q1198]

Paul Berg

With time, many of the facts I learned were forgotten but I never lost the excitement of discovery. [Q1882]

Socrates

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. [Q761]

Ferdinand de Saussure

Henceforth, language studies were no longer directed merely towards correcting grammar. [Q2085]

Benjamin Franklin

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one. [Q30]

Mohandas Gandhi

The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives, everything he does becomes tainted. [Q569]

Bertrand Russell

The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics. [Q214]

Stephen Leacock

In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies. [Q364]

Galileo Galilei

The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go. [Q941]

Adlai Stevenson II

The real patriots are those who love America as she is, but who want the beloved to be more lovable. This is not treachery. This, as every parent, every teacher, every friend must know, is the truest and noblest affection. [Q1846]

Hippocrates

If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health. [Q1028]

Henry Poincaré

A sane mind should not be guilty of a logical fallacy, yet there are very fine minds incapable of following mathematical demonstrations [Q1045]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer. [Q1079]

Buckminster Fuller

It's never too late for the truth. [Q133]

Hippocrates

Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand. [Q1031]

John Searle

In many cases it is a matter for decision and not a simple matter of fact whether x understands y; and so on. [Q1186]

Winston Churchill

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. [Q89]

Marshall McLuhan

Obsolescence never meant the end of anything, it's just the beginning. [Q1467]

Scott Nesler

The task of doing good is subjective, requiring refinement to reach its highest potential. [Q1179]

Alan Alda

Flatow: What was it like playing Richard Feynman? Alda: It was just great, because you couldn't get to the bottom of who he was. He is so many people in one. A friend of mine who is a mathematician, Steve Shrogets, said the central image for him is his idea that a particle takes every possible path, and then most of them cancel themselves out except for the path you observe. — From Science Friday, March 23, 2012 [Q1920]

Nikola Tesla

Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world. Our hearing extends to a small distance. Our sight is impeded by intervening bodies and shadows. To know each other we must reach beyond the sphere of our sense perceptions. We must transmit our intelligence, travel, transport the materials and transfer the energies necessary for our existence. [Q1683]

Óscar Romero

If God accepts the sacrifice of my life, may my death be for the freedom of my people ... A bishop will die, but the Church of God, which is the people, will never perish. [Q1072]

Epictetus

If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother. [Q813]

Albert Einstein

It is a scale of proportions which makes the bad difficult and the good easy. [Q358]

J William Fulbirght

There are many respects in which America, if it can bring itself to act with the magnanimity and the empathy appropriate to its size and power, can be an intelligent example to the world. [Q2020]

Anaxagoras

Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is not a god, but a great rock, and the sun a hot rock. [Q794]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. [Q422]

Senator Paul Simon

A group of farmers came to see me, suggesting that a good way to save money would be to cut back on welfare payments for poor people, and then a few minutes later asked for larger farm subsidies, obviously not labelling them as welfare for farmers. Bankers who preach about the free enterprise system fought hard to get high guaranteed interest rates for banks written into the law in the student loan program. Every group is guilty of this. [Q1723]

Master Kan

The Yin and the Yang are opposite forces yet they exist together in the harmony of a perfect orb. — "Kung Fu" The Passion of Chen Yi — 1974 Episode 34 [Q631]

Pablo Picasso

You mustn't always believe what I say. Questions tempt you to tell lies, particularly when there is no answer. [Q607]

Cullen Hightower

A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success. [Q431]

Wendell Berry

Let us have the candor to acknowledge that what we call “the economy” or “the free market” is less and less distinguishable from warfare. [Q1337]

Julia Robinson

We aren't pushing a particular agenda, but we're opening a dialogue on how we need to be doing something different. We think it is positive to talk about ideas. We selected the university to do that because the university is intended to be a place where you can debate ideas without being polarized. [Q1643]

Socrates

The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect to their elders.... They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and are tyrants over their teachers. — Attributed to by Plato — 380 BC [Q1388]

Pete Seeger

I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody. [Q348]

Epictetus

Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed. [Q826]

Napoleon Hill

Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire. [Q685]

Virgil

Let not our proposal be disregarded on the score of our youth. [Q1583]

Plato

To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less. [Q907]

Benito Mussolini

Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. [Q1048]

Wendell Berry

It is wrong to condemn people for doing a thing and then offer no alternative but failure. A person could get mad about that. [Q1328]

Caine

The years have been good. Quiet and measured. Flowing slowly like water. — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q514]

George Taylor

If this is the best they've got around here, in six months we'll be running this planet. [Q1603]

Václav Havel

Today's world, as we all know, is faced with multiple threats. From whichever angle I look at this menace, I always come to the conclusion that salvation can only come through a profound awakening of man to his own personal responsibility, which is at the same time a global responsibility. Thus, the only way to save our world, as I see it, lies in a democracy that recalls its ancient Greek roots: democracy based on an integral human personality personally answering for the fate of the community. [Q1800]

Howard Zinn

Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane. [Q383]

Daniela Schiller

If you want to keep a memory as is, you carve it into a story. It’s not only keeping the content, it’s keeping the feeling alive. The best part is, you’re not the only one remembering it. [Q2040]

Michel de Montaigne

If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself, I complain that they do not even think of themselves. [Q1171]

Harold Washington

That fallacy flies in the face of studies that show, every day, in every way, things are getting a little worse for America's minorities relative to the progress made by those in the top percentiles of assets and income. [Q1053]

Lenny Bruce

The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them. [Q336]

Plato

There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good. [Q903]

Art Spiegelman

With any work worth its salt, you have to trust the author enough to take its measure. And if you apply too many preconceptions, you are not taking its measure. [Q465]

The Rum Diaries

No matter how much I wanted all those things that I needed money to buy, there was some devilish current pushing me off in another direction -- toward anarchy and poverty and craziness. That maddening delusion that a man can lead a decent life without hiring himself out as a Judas Goat. [Q2046]

Plato

I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. [Q885]

René Descartes

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues. [Q1122]

Marshall McLuhan

The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium - that is, of any extension of ourselves - result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology. [Q1476]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Beware how you take away hope from another human being. [Q1075]

George Orwell

A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals ... If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. [Q1351]

Edward Levi

The concept of reason itself appears as an artificial attempt to separate intellectual powers from the frustrations, emotions, and accidents which cause events; the concept of reason is viewed as facade to prevent change. [Q212]

Andy Kaufman

What's real? What's not? That's what I do in my act, test how other people deal with reality. [Q233]

Margaret Sanger

Diplomats make it their business to conceal the facts. [Q1667]

Charles Lindbergh

Decades spent in contact with science and its vehicles have directed my mind and senses to areas beyond their reach. I now see scientific accomplishments as a path, not an end; a path leading to and disappearing in mystery. [Q1941]

Theodore Roosevelt

A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. [Q1279]

Thomas Paine

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. [Q271]

Donald Norman

I think there is a tendency in science to measure what is measurable and to decide that what you cannot measure must be uninteresting. [Q442]

J. Robert Oppenheimer

There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago. [Q322]

Lenny Bruce

The "what should be" never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no "what should be," there is only what is. [Q335]

Francis Bacon

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority. [Q1952]

Senator Paul Simon

There are a few "hot button" issues that people experienced in politics know are volatile. ... Those issues are abortion, gun control, gays in the military, and affirmative action. [Q1825]

Gauis Verres

Ridicule is often the only weapon remaining to conscious inferiority. [Q1182]

Thor Heyerdahl

Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity. [Q1539]

Master Po

Superstition is like a magnet. It pulls you in the direction of your belief. [Q55]

Dante Alighieri

He listens well who takes notes. [Q1509]

Stephen Jay Gould

Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview - nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty. [Q1807]

Richard P. Feynman

In this age of specialization men who thoroughly know one field are often incompetent to discuss another. The great problems of the relations between one and another aspect of human activity have for this reason been discussed less and less in public. [Q968]

Plato

Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. [Q914]

Senator Paul Simon

Religion is the only field where many leaders assume all truth has been revealed. In chemistry and mathematics and all other areas, truths are build upon truths. In mathematics, for example, whoever came up with the formula that two and two are four did not say, "I have found the truth. Let's stop here." The search for the truth is continued, building on the base of knowledge already acquired. [Q1698]

Michel de Montaigne

How many things we held yesterday as articles of faith which today we tell as fables. [Q1166]

Thomas Gold

In choosing a hypothesis there is no virtue in being timid. I clearly would have been burned at the stake in another age. [Q1438]

Henry Brooks Adams

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts. [Q711]

Kevin Eubanks

If you do the right thing for the right reasons and you keep a cool head while doing it ... it will all work out. — Interview on NPR Talk of the Nation. [Q550]

David Hume

Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few. [Q1359]

Voltaire

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature. [Q1505]

Sarah's Key

When a story is told, it is not forgotten. It becomes something else, a memory of who we were, the hope of what we can become. [Q1879]

Albert Einstein

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. [Q482]

William Howard Taft

Don't worry over what the newspapers say. I don't. Why should anyone else? I told the truth to the newspaper correspondents - but when you tell the truth to them they are at sea. [Q1214]

Caine and Master Kan

Master, do we seek victory in contention? Seek rather not to contend. But shall we not then be defeated? We know that where there is no contention, there is neither defeat nor victory. The supple willow does not contend against the storm, yet it survives. — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q518]

Guglielmo Marconi

Every day sees humanity more victorious in the struggle with space and time. [Q324]

Henry Lawson

We shall never be understood or respected by the English until we carry our individuality to extremes, and by asserting our independence, become of sufficient consequence in their eyes to merit a closer study than they have hitherto accorded us. [Q429]

Robert Krulwich

When a cousin, or an uncle, or a buddy comes up and asks you, "so what are you working on?" even if it's hard to explain, even if you know they don't really want to hear it - not really - I urge you to give it a try. Because talking about science, telling stories to regular folks is not a trivial thing. Scientists need to tell stories to non-scientists because science stories - and you know this - have to compete with other stories about how the universe works and how the universe came to be. And some of those other stories - Bible stories, movie stories, myths - can be very beautiful and very compelling. But to protect science, and scientists - this is not a gentle competition - you've got to get in there and tell yours, your version of how things are and why things came to be. [Q724]

John F. Kennedy

With such a peace, there will still be quarrels and conflicting interests, as there are with families and nations. World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor - it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever. [Q1277]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think. [Q1085]

Carl Bernstein

The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage. [Q625]

Dalai Lama

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. [Q691]

Woodrow Wilson

At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving. [Q742]

Caine and Master Kan

Caine, "Beauty differs from being to being". Master Kan, "Beauty is constant as is the truth. Seek and find what is the truth". Caine, "What is the truth of man, Master". Master Kan, "It has been said that a man is three things, what he thinks he is, what others think he is, and what he really is. Which of these do you feel is the truth"? Caine, "What he really is, but if a man is wrong about himself, and others are wrong about him, who is left to say what he really is"? Master Kan, "At what point in time can a man be fixed from force if he is to live and grow". Caine, "He must change". Master Kan, "As the lowly caterpillar transforms itself into a finer and more beautiful creature". Kung Fu" 1973 Season 2, Episode 14 [Q617]

Charles Lindbergh

Isn't it strange that we talk least about the things we think about most? [Q1939]

Edward de Bono

Experience has shown that reason and logic can never change perception, emotions, prejudices, and beliefs. Yet we continue in the pious hope that if everyone would 'see reason' the world would be so much better. As we shall see later, there are very good reasons why logic will never affect emotions and beliefs. The only way to do this is through perception. But we have totally failed to develop an understanding of perception. (from the book, I am Right, you are Wrong. Pg 40) [Q2009]

Woodrow Wilson

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. [Q497]

Adlai Stevenson II

This is one of those intervals in our history when the press, money, business, and government have coalesced. These are important forces in our national life, and as the tendency to concentration of power and influence grows, the power of coercion grows, too... We see dissent and criticism diminishing. And conformity is always the easiest way. [Q1850]

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